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December 22, 2005

Abramoff To Testify Against Six Congressmen In Bribe Case

We don't know who yet.

A WASHINGTON lobbyist at the heart of a Capitol Hill bribery investigation is ready to give evidence against Republican politicians, setting the stage for an explosive corruption scandal involving President George W. Bush's party.

Jack Abramoff, a former lobbyist with financial ties to numerous politicians, is prepared to co-operate with prosecutors and provide information on at least six members of Congress. Most, if not all, are Republican.

The Abramoff investigation, which has been expanding for nearly two years, has been viewed as a ticking bomb for the Republican Party.

The Justice Department is also believed to be looking at the role played by government officials in Mr Abramoff's dealings.

The department is examining claims that Mr Abramoff and associates bribed politicians with money, gifts, expensive meals and holidays in exchange for legislative action favourable to Mr Abramoff's clients.

That comes from The Australian, so pardon the "We're finally gonna git 'em" tone, but this could be quite bad, obviously.

Or "bad" in terms of politics. You get caught dirty, you gotta go.

I don't get these guys. They're paid $150,000 per year (more than most would make in the private sector), they get sick benefits and freebies, and they can take an awful lot of hinky money and gifts without actually breaking the law.

How can they be this greedy and corrupt? Or stupid?

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